The University of Central Missouri-Lee’s Summit and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy are partnering to launch a new program focusing on avionics and unmanned aircraft systems (drones) career pathways. The two educational leaders are seeking individuals working in the avionics industry to join an Avionics Advisory Board for the program.Read More
A celebration took place Tuesday at ULTRAX Aerospace, where a group of interns recently completed a summer internship program for the company which creates mission-critical maintenance and sustainment technologies for aircraft and fleets.Read More
Colby Jacquemin is only 17 years old, but he is already gaining valuable on-the-job training to prepare him for his future career.Read More
Students participating in the Missouri Innovation Campus have more opportunities to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-wage, in-demand field while significantly reducing the time to graduate. The recognized program, located in the state-of-the-art Lee’s Summit campus, added a bioinformatics program this school year and will launch software engineering next year.Read More
Volunteers spend a Saturday painting positive messages on restroom walls
Lee’s Summit CARES recently joined forces with local artists, art teachers and students to paint inspirational messages throughout Pleasant Lea Middle School. The group spent approximately four hours on Saturday, Dec. 8, working on the school-wide project.
“We are calling it empowerment art,” said Lindsay Weiss, youth outreach coordinator for Lee’s Summit CARES who assisted with the project. “It was inspirational watching these creative and kind students give their time and efforts for this project.”
A total of 16 students participated in the project with the volunteer young people coming from Pleasant Lea Middle School, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Technology Academy.
The volunteers painted messages in one girls restroom, one boys restroom and the school’s staff restroom. Kimberly Alonzo, PLMS assistant principal, and Brooke Linquist and Jennifer Shults, art teachers from the school, spearheaded the project along with Jaime Lyon of In Joy LLC and I Am Noticed.
“We hope the students feel empowered and engaged when they see the new positive messages in their school,” Weiss added.
Summit Technology Academy (STA) is hosting open house events to give high school students the opportunity to explore educational options and career opportunities available through its robust course and program offerings.Read More
Degree in 3 enables students from participating schools to earn a bachelor’s degree from an R1 research university in only three years. The new partnership potentially reduces students’ cost of earning a degree and accelerates their entrance into the metropolitan area workforce or graduate school.
Students from Summit Technology Academy captured awards at the annual KCSTEM Alliance/Project Lead The Way, Engineering Design and Development (EDD) and Biomedical Innovations (BI) Showcase and Competition, held April 25 at Union Station.
The engineering-minded Summit Squared BattleBOTS team captured the top award at the 2018 Bots St. Louis Regional Competition, held April 21.Read More
A unique half-unit credit hour course is available to rising eighth-graders who have an interest in learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.Read More
The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the employment of two new principals at the organization’s March 15 meeting.Read More
Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students were selected by the Western Missouri and Kansas affiliate of the National Center for Women in Technology to receive the organization’s Aspirations in Computing Awards.Read More
A total of 63 Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-graders attended Summit Technology Academy’s first-ever Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day, held Feb. 2 at the school. The students were from Bernard Campbell Middle School, Pleasant Lea Middle School and Summit Lakes Middle School.Read More
Around 100 community members toured the Missouri Innovation Campus, talked to students and staff members and sampled authentic ethnic cuisine from local restaurants at the International Relations Council Networking Event, held Jan. 9 at the new Lee’s Summit R-7 school.Read More
Students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers in a global environment should stop by between 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. Jan. 11.Read More
Two students from Summit Technology Academy were recognized at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Biotechnology Day, held Nov. 17. Duncan Crosby of Lee’s Summit North High School and Emma Shipley of Lee’s Summit West High School, both students in Peggy Hinzman’s Project Lead the Way medical intervention/biomedical innovation course, participated in a project-based activity as part of the event.Read More
The community is invited to learn more about prestigious international studies programs offered through Summit Technology Academy and the University of Central Missouri at the International Relations Council’s Networking Event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9.Read More
Two former Summit Technology Academy students who completed Project Lead the Way Biomedical Innovations program were recently published in a peer-reviewed, online, journal.
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Isaac Henderson, 2017 graduate of Center Place Restoration School, and Jake Renetzky, 2017 graduate from Lee’s Summit High School, completed the synthetic biology research as part of the second semester curriculum at Summit Technology Academy.
They modified e.coli to produce an enzyme that will produce salicylic acid, a common pain relieving chemical. The article is published in BioTreks at http://biotreks.org/e201709/. The experiment was possible because of the knowledge and assistance from Dr. Kevin McCormick and Peggy Hinzman, both instructors at Summit Technology Academy. The funding for the project was provided by Summit Technology Academy.
BioTreks is the first international synthetic biology journal to be authored and reviewed by high school students. The journal is intended to give participating students the valuable experiences of writing and evaluating scientific papers, while offering them opportunities to share their own synthetic biology ideas, techniques and results in a professionally edited, online publication.
Every April, new journal content is presented and reviewed at an online conference that is hosted on Breezio and attended by students, mentors and professional biologists from around the world. Breezio’s dynamic conference environment gives participants the opportunity to ask each other questions about their work and suggest improvements prior to publication. More importantly, the event offers students and mentors opportunities to build professional connections that will support their research in coming years. Following the conference, students work with journal staff to finalize their manuscripts, graphics and videos for publication in the annual online issue of the journal. Participation is free and journal content is available to the general public without subscription.
Three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools are among 20 finalists for Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, an academic competition open to students throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Schools selected as finalists are Hawthorn Hill Elementary, Lee’s Summit High School and Summit Technology Academy.Read More
Peggy Hinzman of Summit Technology Academy was named the Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year. She received the award at the Missouri State PLTW conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Blue Springs.Read More